Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

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Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
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Film poster
Directed byCatherine Bainbridge
Alfonso Maiorana
Produced byStevie Salas
Tim Johnson
Catherine Bainbridge
Christina Fon
Linda Ludwick
Lisa M. Roth
Tim Johnson
Music byBenoît Charest
CinematographyAlfonso Maiorana
Edited byJeremiah Hayes
Ben Duffield
Release date

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World is a Canadian documentary film directed by Catherine Bainbridge and co-directed by Alfonso Maiorana, released in 2017. The film profiles the impact of Indigenous musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of rock music.[1] Artists profiled include Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Salas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, Jimi Hendrix, Taboo and others. The title of the film is a reference to the pioneering instrumental "Rumble", released in 1958 by the American group Link Wray & His Ray Men. The instrumental piece was very influential on many artists.

The idea for the film came from Stevie Salas (Apache) and Tim Johnson (Mohawk), two of the film's executive producers. They created an exhibit for the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian about the indigenous influence on American music, titled “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture”.[2]

The film features many influential musicians who discuss the musical contributions of indigenous artists, including commentaries from Quincy Jones, George Clinton, Taj Mahal, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, Steven Tyler, Marky Ramone, Slash, Iggy Pop, Buddy Guy and others.

The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.[3]

The film was released on home entertainment (DVD) on December 19, 2018 via Kino Lorber. It had its broadcast premiere on PBS as part of Independent Lens on January 21, 2019.[4]


At Sundance, the film won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling.[5] The film won Best Music Documentary at the 2017 Boulder International Film Festival.[6]

At the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the film won both of the Audience Award categories.[7]

In December, the Toronto International Film Festival named the film to its annual Canada's Top Ten list of the ten best Canadian films.[8]

The film won three Canadian Screen Awards at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018, for Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Editing in a Documentary (Jeremiah Hayes and Ben Duffield) and Best Cinematography in a Documentary (Maiorana).[9]


  1. ^ Ito, Robert (July 31, 2017). "An Encore for the Native Americans Who Shook Up Rock 'n' Roll". The New York Times.
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  3. ^ "Sundance Film Review: ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’". Variety, January 23, 2017.
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  5. ^ "Canadian doc ‘Rumble’ wins at Sundance Film Festival". Toronto Star, January 29, 2017.
  6. ^ "‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ Documentary Lands at Kino Lorber". Variety, April 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "Rumble takes two top prizes at Hot Docs 2017 film festival". Toronto Star, May 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Canada's Top Ten has some glaring omissions". Now, December 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Canadian Screen Awards, Thessaloniki hand out non-fiction prizes". Realscreen, March 12, 2018.

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